Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

Flame out!

As if a gloss black crotch-rocket fitted with red LED’s in the head-lamps for that evil alien look at night isn’t eye catching enough, the owner wanted some red flames put on his motorcycle. But not just any red … oh no … he wanted the most retina searing red he could find. OK … I got’cha covered.

The first three pictures show me masking off the pieces to make the flames. I did most of the cutting of the flame shapes in the office so what you see in these photos is me covering everything else. After the masking is complete, the black is what is going to be red, the flames, and what is covered in white paper and yellow tape will remain the factory black.

There are two pieces that are to be painted, but it is really just one part of the bike. The back part, behind the seat, and the fender that covers the rear wheel. They attach together to form the back of the motorcycle.

The next three pictures, numbers four, five and six, show how I get the retina searing in retina searing red paint … it is silver paint. Sprayed as an undercoat to the red candy that is coming later, this combination of silver and red will kick this already vivid red up a notch … or five.

Pictures four and six are of the fender, and you are actually looking at the bottom of the fender. That scooped out looking area is where the tire goes. So yes, the effect after the bike is assembled will be that the flames are coming from the tire. And yes, the design of the bike is such that the underside of the fender is visible if you are low … say like sitting in a car.

Pictures seven, eight and nine show the red going on over the silver. This is a candy red, which means the paint is somewhat translucent and that will allow the silver to show through. And that will seriously amp up this red.

The last four pictures, numbers 10-13, show the final results. I am a little disappointed in how these appear in the photos. In the pictures the red appears red, vivid red, but in person … its, “Ahhhh! My eyes are on fire!” red.

After the parts dry I will give them back to the owner, who happens to work across the street, and he can put them back on his bike. Evil red eyes on the front and scalding red fire shooting out of the back. It’s subtle … nothing too over the top … but I can appreciate that.

The gangs all here

After weeks and weeks of sanding, it is finally time to do a little assembly.

The first picture shows a couple of the major components … the chassis, and behind that, the body. With those two parts, you have most of a car, but also in the shot are the two inner fender wells. Not visible in this shot, but scattered around the shop, is the hood and the front fenders.

The second and third shots show the heart of the car … the Heart Beat of America so to speak. This is the famous Chevrolet small block, a 5.4L mill more famously know as the Chevrolet 327. The refreshed but original drive-train also features the highly desirable four-speed transmission to make this one of the more rare Chevelles. Nice …

The fourth picture show a nice upgrade … the adjustable upper control arms. Being able to adjust the upper arms on the car allows the owner to dial out unwanted suspension movement under hard acceleration. This will give the car better traction at launch by adjusting the pinion angle for reduce wheel hop. And … they look awesome.

Next week we should get the body back on the frame, then this collection of parts and pieces will once again be car. But not just any car … a Chevelle.

Off to bed

Murphy Rod & Custom is about to finish up on Terry’s El Camino. All the major rust repair is complete after the installation of the bed floor. There is still a bit of rust repair needed, but compared to where the car was when he bought it, it is all but rust free now.

Very soon now the car will be turned over to me for paint. When I put my High Performance Finish on top of Murphy Rod & Custom’s excellent metal repair and fabrication, I think this is going to be one to watch.

%d bloggers like this: